Tim Tebow News: Waiting Game Continues For QB Despite Injuries To Top Starters

By @GP_IBTimeson November 11 2015 3:35 PM EST
 

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Despite several injuries to quarterback across the league, Tim Tebow’s still available. Getty Images

Tim Tebow was on the verge of making an NFL roster for the first time in three years as the third-string quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles, and the former Bronco, Jet, and Patriot made it to the very last day of cuts before the start of the 2015 season.

But more than two months later, despite debilitating and costly injuries to some of the league’s top quarterbacks and a shallow group of viable free agents, the 28-year-old doesn’t appear any closer to reviving his football career.

Take the Indianapolis Colts and number of injuries to star Andrew Luck. As ProFootballTalk indicates, the squad signed and dropped Josh Johnson for the No. 3 spot as further insurance behind Matt Hasselbeck when Luck first went down with a shoulder injury this season.

Luck is now projected to miss at least a month or upwards of six weeks with a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle, injuries sustained in Week 9’s win over previously undefeated Denver.

But Johnson’s on the Bills now, and the Colts have just one healthy quarterback on the 53-man roster, the 40-year-old Hasselbeck. PFT’s also reporting the Colts are actually hoping to draw Jason Campbell out of retirement. Hasselbeck’s gone 2-0 in two starts this season, but Indianapolis can’t risk another injury to an offense that’s completely reliant on the quarterback to make 23 throws per game on average.

It’s exactly for that reason why the Colts won’t be calling Tebow or his agent any time soon, even though Eagles head coach Chip Kelly praised Tebow’s improvement in the pocket.

The same could also be said for the Pittsburgh Steelers situation regarding Ben Roethlisberger, and even the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo.

Roethlisberger could very well play in Week 10 against Cleveland despite a mid-foot sprain, but Pittsburgh’s more likely to use caution and start third-year passer Landry Jones for the second time this season or could again go with veteran Michael Vick. He overcame a hamstring injury that kept him inactive in Week 8 but he was a full participant in practice leading up to Week 9.

With running back Le’Veon Bell out for the year, the 5-4 Steelers have DeAngelo Williams to main the rushing attack but need a reliable and accurate passer under center to spread the ball around the field to top receivers Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant in order to stay in the AFC playoff hunt.

The Cowboys are still going through a rough patch since Romo suffered a broken collarbone in Week 2’s victory at rival Philadelphia, with Brandon Weeden struggling before Matt Cassel took over for the last three games.

Even though Dallas’s losing streak has extended to six, Cassel has shown signs of a firmer grasp of the offense and he’s kept the Cowboys close with losses by an average of 4.6 points in the last three contests, including a heartbreaker in overtime to the Eagles on Sunday.

While Tebow’s rush-first style could work wonders with Dallas’ stacked offensive line, a unit that’s somewhat rejuvenated flame out running back Darren McFadden, there’s one club that could be a much stronger fit: the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco turned starting duties over to famous draft-bust and former Jaguar Blaine Gabbert after Colin Kaepernick’s poor play through the first eight games of the season prior to Week 9. With starting running back Carlos Hyde absent again due to injury, Gabbert would completed 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns but he also chucked up two interceptions in the 17-16 upset at home.

All of the 49ers points came in the first-half as Atlanta made adjustments at halftime, and Gabbert didn’t show the ability to adjust on the fly. Instead, San Francisco ground out the victory with 133 total rushing yards, 32 of which came from Gabbert.

Adding Tebow would add a dimension to a 49ers offense that’s last in the league with 14 points per game, but a respectable No. 14 in rushing with 942 total yards.

There has been no report or any indication San Francisco, or any other NFL team, will call Tebow. Presumably waiting for his next opportunity, Tebow has remained quiet about a chance to return to an NFL roster. He continues to work as an analyst for the SEC Network.

 
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18 Responses to “Tim Tebow News: Waiting Game Continues For QB Despite Injuries To Top Starters”

  1. Andrea says:

    Well, this is the put up or shut up part of the year. Teams must decide if they will stay with the same old QB’s who never make it to the playoffs or change directions and get their teams into the Super Bowl with Tebow.

    I’m afraid they will make the wrong decision AGAIN.

    CK , please forgive me but I am actually rooting for the Giants to beat New England this week . Just this one time only.

    All of this Tom Brady talk/worship is getting on my nerves BIG TIME.

  2. TheMascotArmy says:

    The NFL is the worst.
    I was listening to Amani Toomer on a NC sports radio station last night talking about Cam Newton. Said things like “He likes what he sees from Cam, even though the stats dont back it up, his comp% is low because he isnt throwing short, good when it counts, wins games”
    It was identical to what tebow defenders have been saying for years. I’d love to know his thoughts on Tebow…see if he is intellectually consistent.

    Side note-Amani Toomer sounds like a bright guy.

    • TheMascotArmy says:

      FYI, Toomer was the call inguest, and the radio station was probably ESPN affiliated.

    • Sage says:

      There really is no other way to put it, fixation on completion percentage is idiocy, paid for by the networks and consumed by millions.

      In business, idiots get their $$ taken from them. You can do that with sports betting, too. Often I wish I lived in Nevada.

    • David says:

      Good points. Cam is averaging 13.78 yards per completion which is about the same as previous years. Tebow averaged 15.3 yards per completion in his first 374 attempts which is about 16 games of playing time. After 8 games, Tebow had 12 TDs in 187 attempts with 4 Ints and Newton has 14 TDs in 243 attempts with 9 Ints. Tebow was scoring more often per attempt with less than half the interceptions. Newton has 5 rushing scores and Tebow had 5. I didn’t count the 3 rushing TDs that Tebow had in situational play when Orton was the starter. Tebow was more efficient in his first 8 starts than Newton is in his 4th season.
      Tim Tebow scored 16 TDS with 5 Ints in his first 271 attempts(in 11 games), 7 rushing scores in his first 8.5 games.
      Bradford has scored 9 TDs with 10 Ints in 274 attempts.
      Kaepernick has scored 6 TDs with 5 Ints in 243 attempts, 1 rushing score.
      Wilson has scored 9 TDs with 6 Ints in 234 attemtps
      Foles has scored 7 TDs with 5 Ints in 187 attempts, 1 rushing score.
      Newton has scored 14 TDs with 9 Ints in 246 attempts, 5 rushing scores

  3. Danny says:

    Andrea: sometimes I thnk

  4. Danny says:

    Stupid phone lol! Anyway my comment was I wonder if Brady’s career would have been different if belichek wasn’t his coach e.g product of the system

  5. Danny says:

    David: I’ve always believes in a more balanced attack…far more entertaining and practical as it keeps defenses guessing. Tebow really exploits that. Newton is having a good season based on part of that philosophy. Also Carolina leads the NFL in rushing . No surprise there.

  6. David says:

    Luck is out 2-6 weeks. Coach Pagano of the Colts has 40 year old Hasselbeck as a backup and he has gone 2-0 this year. He has 1 QB on the practice squad, Alex Tanney age 28, and was asked if he would go with him as a 2nd. He said that they will look at the wire and the list and see who is available.
    Conference call
    http://www.colts.com/news/article-burningquestions/Colts-Offensive-Burning-Questions-Bye-Week-Edition/a8c7e65c-eeb6-4013-b8af-9400e156a7e8

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